Sulawesi Travel Guide

Wakatobi Islands

Wakatobi, video by Mike Dewey

Wakatobi is a name of a Regency in the Province of South-East Sulawesi, Indonesia. The name wakatobi is also used for the National Marine Park in the area. This name stands for WAngi-wangi, KAledupa, TOmia, & BInongko, the name of the four major islands in this archipelago.

Formerly known as Tukang Besi Islands (Island of the blacksmith), Wakatobi is now famous for its beautiful underwater scenery and creatures, from various coral species to the diversity of turtles and fishes beneath Wakatobi's sea. The Waktobi Natioal Marine Park was declared in 1996 and covers areas of 1.39 hectares.

The Wakatobi islands has 600 kilometers coast lines with more than 25 groups of coral reefs. More than 112 coral species and 93 fishes lives under Wakatobi's Sea. Sea birds are also found in Wakatobi. For more detailed info on Snorkeling and Diving in Wakatobi, please read our Wakatobi Diving Guide.

The best times to visit Wakatobi is from April until June and October until December every year. Just make sure you have read our transportation guide to Wakatobi before you go.

Accommodations in Wakatobi are available from cheap homestay to luxury resorts for tourists and divers. Please ensure you have read our Wakatobi Accommodations Guide for more information on accommodation in this region.

Wakatobi Fast Facts:
Area : 823 km square
Popullation : 91,497 (2003)
Social : Nearly 100% Moslem.
Capital : Wanci (located in Wangi-Wangi island).
Airport: Wangi-Wangi
Best Time to Travel: April - June; October - December
Electicity: French Type Plug, 220 V, 50Hz